A Brief History of the Tallahassee Orchid Society

Information Compiled by Mike Clark, December 2002
  • April 1960, first time Tallahassee Orchid Society is listed as an Affiliate Member in AOSB. Mr. Rogers T. Smith is listed as TOS President
  • April 1961 TOS President listed by AOSB as James R. Nesmith
  • July 1962 TOS President listed by AOSB as Dr. John Boda
  • March 1963 TOS show was held March 9 - 10 at the Leon Federal Savings & Loan Association
  • March 1963 TOS President listed by AOSB as Robert K. DeHaney
  • June 9, 1963, Robert DeHaney died suddenly of a heart attack.
  • August 1963 TOS President listed by AOSB as George C. Hunter, Jr.
  • June 1964 TOS President listed by AOSB as Mrs. Joe Davis.
  • March 1965 TOS President listed by AOSB as Ed Kratz.
  • March 20 and 21, 1965, 6th Annual Tallahassee Orchid Society Show was held at the Tallahassee Federal Savings and Loan. First AOS judged show with Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Vaughn, Jack Sweet, C.C. Curry, and Norman Merkel serving as judges.
  • March 19 and 20, 1966, 7th Annual Tallahassee Orchid Society Show was held at the Tallahassee Federal Savings & Loan.
  • March 4 and 5, 1967, 8th Annual Tallahassee Orchid Society Show was held with the theme "Orchid Fantasy". AOS Show Trophy won by Fort Caroline Orchids of Jacksonville.
  • June 1968 TOS President listed by AOSB as Mrs. Jas. Edw. Feenker.
  • October 1968 show canceled
  • March 29 - 30 1969, 9th Annual TOS show was held. Mr. Thomas Bartenfield, Jr., Atlanta, was awarded a CCM (81 points) for Cattleya Ardmore alba 'Lines'. Doitaenopsis Twins Teo 'Peter', exhibited by Dr. Henry Wallburn, Gainesville, was awarded a HCC (75). Mr. Gordon Vickers, Jacksonville, was awarded a CCM for Ornothocephalus bicoenis "Paralee'.
  • April 19 - 20, 1970 TOS Show was held at Tallahassee Mall.
  • July 1970 TOS President listed by AOSB as Mrs. Mildred Oppenheimer.
  • September 19 - 20, 1970 TOS Show was held at Northwood Mall. Phalaenopsis Sun Fire 'Peter', exhibited by Dr. Henry Wallburn, Gainesville, was awarded a HCC (77 points). Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var hieroglyphica 'Angela Marie', exhibited by MAJ Orchids, Jacksonville, was awarded an AM (81 points).
  • March 18 - 19, 1972 TOS show was held. Paphiopedilum Olivia 'Casa Luna', exhibited by Casa Luna Orchids, Beaufort, SC, was awarded an AM (82 points). Phalaenopsis Wanda Williams 'Ruth', exhibited by Dr. Henry Wallburn, Gainesville, was awarded an AM )83 points).
  • October 5, 1973 George Hunter, Jr. is appointed to probationary status by the AOS Committee of Awards.
  • October 13, 1973 TOS show was held. Laeliocattleya Memoria Bill Mayfield 'Kanapaha', exhibited by Ms. Ruby Rains, Gainesville, was awarded an AM (81 points). Tallahassee's own Jimmy Nesmith was awarded a CCM for Phalaenopisis violacea 'Tallahassee'.
  • September 1974 TOS President listed by AOSB as H. S. Friensehner.
  • April 19 - 20, 1975 TOS show was held. Phalaenopsis Teoh Phaik Khuan "McQuerry', exhibited by Jack McQuerry, Jacksonville, was awarded an AM (81 points) along with Renaglottis Clarence Russell 'McQuerry' ( 83 points). Phalaenopsis Winter Maiden 'Orlando's Best'. Exhibited by Dick Das, Orlando, was awarded an AM (83 points). Phragmipedium Schroderae 'Orchidcrest', exhibited by Randy Burnside, Crestview, FL, was awarded an AM (87 points). Renathopsis Moon Walk 'Marshall', exhibited by Marshall Orchids, was awarded an AM (82 points).
  • October 1975 TOS President listed by AOSB as Ken Johnson.
  • November 20 - 21, 1976 TOS show was held. Ascosenda Onokist 'Marshall', exhibited by Marshall Orchids was awarded an AM (82 points). 'Tricocidium Seminole Brave 'Memoria Helen Farlow' received an AM (80 points) for Marshall Orchids. Laeliocattleya Royal Emperor 'Chris', exhibited by William Miles, Maitland, was awarded an AM (81 points).
  • February 1977, Mr. George C. Hunter of Tallahassee is appointed as a fully accredited judge by AOS.
  • April 29 - 30, 1978 TOS show was held. Doritaenopsis Jerry Vande Weghe "Apperson', exhibited by John and Jean Apperson, Pensacola, was awarded an AM (83). Epicattleya Epiorange 'F. J. Church', exhibited by Romona Fridley, was awarded an AM (80 points). Oncidium Purple Envy 'Joyce', exhibited by Chuck Clouse, Jacksonville, was awaded an AM (82 points). Phalaenopsis Tiger Cub 'Ruth', exhibited by Dr. Henry Wallburn, Gainesville, was awarded an AM (80 points). Vanda densoniana 'Gayle', exhibited by Bob Podgorski, Pensacola, was awarded an AM (82 points).
  • September 29 - 30, 1979 TOS show was held. Miltonia Star of Nuuanu 'Britt', exhibited by Charles Porter Orchids, Lakeland, was awarded an AM (84 points). Paphiopedilum praestans 'The Gargoyle', exhibited by John Atwood, Tallahassee, was awarded an AM (82 points). Vanda Kiliwehi Kono 'Zeigler', exhibited by Randy Zeigler, Perry (just down the road from Tallahassee), received a HCC (79 points).
  • March 14 - 15, 1981 TOS show was held. Laeliocattleya Ernest Perri 'Twin Rivers', exhibited by Dr. Ernest Perri, Ormond Beach, was awarded an AM (82 points). Paphiopedilum Derocles "Springtime" (76 points), Paphiopedlium Noyocino 'The Thunderer' (76 points), and Paphiopedilum Noyocino 'Brute' (75 points) were awarded HCCs. The three plants were exhibited by Robert McElderry, Burlingame, CA. Paphiopedilum Kenny 'Val' (75 points) and Paphiopedilum Via Mesa Grande 'Althea' (76 points), exhibited by Val and Jack Tonkin, Kensington, CA, were awarded HCCs. Paphiopedilum Leather 'Princess', exhibited by Gary Turpin, Piedmont, CA, was awarded a HCC (76 points). Phalaenopsis Seawall Wright 'Gretchen', exhibited by Dr. Henry Wallburn, Gainesville, was awarded an AM (80 points).
  • April 23 - 24, 1983, TOS show was held. Wossie Orchids, Orlando, was awarded an AM (83 points) for Ascosenda Becentennial 'Tim'.
  • May 19 - 20, 1984, TOS show was held. Cattleytonia Jamaica Red 'Ponkan', exhibited by Krull-Smith Orchids, was awarded an AM (81 points).
  • February 23 - 24,1985 TOS show was held. Laelia crispata 'Oechidglade', exhibited by Jones and Scully, Miami, was awarded a HCC (77 points). Phalaenopsis Orchid World 'Hot Shot', exhibited by Orchid World International, Miami, was awarded an AM (82 points).
  • May 9 –10, 1987 TOS show was held. Ms. Janet May, Miami, was awarded a CCM for Encyclia cordigera 'Janet'. Phalaenopsis Orchid Works 'Hot Stuff', exhibited by Orchid World International, Miami, was awarded an AM (80 points).
  • June 2 - 3, 1990, TOS show was held. Windy Hill Orchids, Tallahassee, was awarded an Educational Exhibit Certificate and Glenmar Orchids, Tallahassee, was awarded the AOS Show Trophy. A Certificate of Meritorious Arrangement was awarded to Abbie's Flowers, Tallahassee. MAJ Orchids, Jacksonville, was awarded a CHM for Phalaenopisis modesta 'MAJ'.
  • April 27 - 28, 1991, TOS show was held. MAJ Orchids, Jacksonville, was awarded the AOS Show Trophy. MAJ Orchids was also awarded a CHM for Encyclia fowliei 'MAJ' and another CHM for Leptotes pauloensis "MAJ'. Oncidium Royal Purple 'MAJ', exhibited by MAJ Orchids was awarded an AM (82 points). MAJ Orchids received a CCM for Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana 'MAJ'. Phalaenopsis Orchid World 'East Bay', exhibited by Larry Plank, Navarre, FL, was awarded an AM (82 points).
  • April 4 - 5, 1992, TOS 25th Annual Show. A Certificate of Meritorious Arrangement was awarded to Abbie's Flowers, Tallahassee. Paphiopedilum Western Sky 'MAJ, exhibited by MAJ Orchids, Jacksonville, was awarded an AM (81 points).
  • April 24 - 25, 1993 TOS show was held. Laelia praestans 'MAJ', exhibited by MAJ Orchids, Jacksonville, was awarded a HCC (77 points). Paphiopedilum haynaldianum 'MAJ' received an HCC (77 points).
  • April 1 - 2, 1995 TOS show was held. Paphiopedilum Delophyllum 'Classic Joy', exhibited by Kieth and Charlotte Hall, Jacksonville, was awarded an AM (83 points). The Hall's Paphiopedilum Memoria Robert Ward 'Classic Joy' was awarded a HCC (79 points).
  • April 21 - 22, 1996, TOS show was held. MAJ Orchids, Jacksonville, was awarded AOS Show Trophy. MAJ Orchids was awarded a CHM for Epidendrum campestre 'MAJ'. Phalaenopsis Clay Hill 'MAJ', exhibited by MAJ Orchids was awarded an AM (81 points).
  • April 18 - 19, 1998, TOS show was held at Doyle Conner Agriculture Center. Geiger Orchids, Wellborn, Florida, was awarded the AOS Show Trophy. MAJ Orchids, Jacksonville is awarded a CBR for Bulbophyllum scaberulum 'MAJ'. Doritaenopsis Heaven's Treasure 'Hall's Classic Joy', exhibited by Keith and Charlotte Hall, Jacksonville was awarded an AM (84 points). Paphiopedilum Zeus 'Sansy's Passion', exhibited by Robert Stanton, Long Beach MS, was awarded an AM (81 points). Phragmipedium Andean Firs 'D&B', exhibited by Doris Dukes and Bill Thoms, Dover, FL, was awarded a HCC (77 points).
  • May 8 - 9, 1999, TOS show was held at Doyle Conner Agriculture Center. Glenmar Orchids, Tallahassee, was awarded the AOS Show Trophy. Tetratonia Gulfshore's Little Ruby 'Hall's Classic', exhibited by Keith and Charlotte Hall, Jacksonville, was awarded an AM (82 points).
  • April 14, - 15, 2000, TOS show was held at Doyle Conner Agriculture Center. MAJ Orchids, Jacksonville, was awarded the AOS Show Trophy. MAJ Orchids was awarded a CHM for Maxillaria tonsbergii "MAJ' and a CBR for Renanthera citrina 'MAJ'. Phalaenopisis Brother Precious Stones 'Charlotte's Choice', exhibited by Keith and Charlotte Hall, Jacksonville, was awarded an AM (84 points).
  • April 14 - 15, 2001 TOS show was held at the Doyle Conner Agriculture Center. Phalaenopisis mannii 'MAJ's Ebony', exhibited by MAJ Orchids, Jacksonville, was awarded an AM (83 points).
  • April 20 - 21, 2002 TOS show was held at the Leon County Agricultural Extension Office.
  • April 12 - 13, 2003 TOS show' 'A World of Orchids' was held at the Doyle Conner Agriculture Center.
  • 2010 TOS President: Charley Plachy.
  • 2011 TOS President: No President this year. Carlos Fernandez chaired most of the meetings this year.
  • 2012 to June 11 2015 TOS President: Carlos Fernandez. The April 2012 Show was Orchids, Jewels of the Jungle. And the April 2013 show theme will be Orchid Odyssey.
  • June 2015 TOS President: Becky Lyons.
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